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  • issue 82
  • aug. 11, 2011

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In the News more

Woman sues boss for 'Mini-skirt Monday' dress code, claims she was sexually harassed for years

Crack the Hidden Job Market

Exiting Employees Are More Disgruntled Than Ever

Labor's Decline and Wage Inequality

Twitter-Bombing the Boss Looms as U.S. Worker Right Dreaded by Companies

Jewish Community Center Of Greater Washington Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Alleging Racial Bias, Former Ropes & Gray Associate Sues Firm

NYC kindergarten teacher, 80, sues over firing

City paid $42K to settle harassment suit

Millions of Workers Are in the Dark About Their Pensions

Facebook Firings: Feds, Managers Navigate 'New Territory' In Employment

Rock-Tenn To Pay $160,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Boeing tries to limit "sunshine" in NLRB case

Worker who sued after 40 years on job can press age-bias claims

10 Signs Your Boss Just Isn't That Into You

Topic of the Week more

The Fighter: Surviving the Process to Get Hired:

DO ask about decision-making process. DO ask how the selection will be made. DO ask who will influence the decision. DON'T overlook the timeframe. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Out of 173 countries studied, 169 countries offer guaranteed leave with income to women in connection with childbirth; 98 of these countries offer 14 or more weeks paid leave. Although in a number of countries many women work in the informal sector, where these government guarantees do not always apply, the fact remains that the U.S. guarantees no paid leave for mothers in any segment of the work force, leaving it in the company of only 3 other nations: Liberia, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland. read more

Kari Lydersen

A Friend to Day Laborers

August 10, 2011 | Kari Lydersen

CHICAGO--Gretchen Moore was coming home from the dentist in December 2009 when she saw about 125 men at the corner of Belmont and Milwaukee avenues in sub-zero weather and, baffled, decided to find out what was going on. "Hi guys, what are you doing?" she naively asked some men, she remembers. read more

Tula Connell

45,000 Verizon Workers on Strike

August 8, 2011 | Tula Connell

Tomorrow morning, Aug. 8, thousands of striking workers will join mass picket lines and rallies at more than 100 Verizon work locations across New York and New Jersey to push the highly profitable company to back off its sweeping demands. read more

Bob Rosner

Dumb, Dumber and the Downgrade

August 8, 2011 | Bob Rosner

The recent debt ceiling debate and S&P downgrade of the U.S. government reminded me of a fight between an ex-spouse and boss over who can make your life the most uncomfortable. You realize that they both have lots of weapons to do it and there is precious little that you can do to change the outcome. read more

In San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors yesterday took a major step to prevent wage theft and protect low-wage workers by unanimously approving the Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance. Mayor Edwin Lee still has to sign it into law. read more

Earlier this month, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Lafe Solomon with a subpoena if he did not hand over key internal deliberative documents relating to the Boeing case by 5 p.m. on Tuesday July 26. read more

In the Courts more

Mullins v. City of New York

Second Circuit; No. 09-3435 Decision Date: August 5, 2011

In a dispute alleging denial of overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. section 201 et seq., judgment of the district court in favor of defendant, and on deference to the Secretary of Labor's interpretation of her own regulations, is reversed where the professional duty of plaintiffs, Police Department sergeants, is not management and thus does not qualify them for the bona fide executive exemption from the overtime pay requirements of the FLSA. read more

Johnson v. Lucent Technologies Inc.

Ninth Circuit; No. 09-55203 Decision Date: August 4, 2011

In a labor and employment dispute concerning whether 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 retaliation claims are governed by the four-year statute of limitations applicable to claims arising under an Act of Congress enacted after December 1, 1990, 28 U.S.C. Section 1658, or by the personal injury statute of limitations of the forum state, judgment of the trial court is affirmed in part and reversed in part where because they arise under a post-December 1, 1990 Act of Congress, section 1981 retaliation claims are governed by the four-year statute of limitations under Section 1658. read more

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